2021 Virtual Conference

AHEAD Equity & Excellence Access in Higher Education

AHEAD Virtual Conference
July 26-30, 2021

If you can't travel to Austin for AHEAD's Equity & Excellence in-person conference, we hope you'll be able to join us for the virtual equivalent. We’re excited to announce the five-day Virtual Conference that will bring exceptional professional content directly to your desktop! The virtual conference will highlight content from the Austin conference, including the keynote presentation,  three-days of concurrent presentations, and a virtual exhibit hall, all in Zoom and designed specifically for a virtual audience.

All presentations will be recorded so that you can join live when it’s convenient and pick up any presentations you miss via recording. CRCC CEUs will be preapproved for both.

Monday & Tuesday, July 26 & 27: We’ll feature two days of virtual exhibit hall presentations by conference sponsors who will share the latest features of their products and services that support higher education disability resource professionals.

Wednesday – Friday, July 28-30: Beginning with a plenary address by Andraéa LaVant, we’re excited to offer a program of 34 presentations from the Austin conference, delivered live via Zoom.

Registration for the in-person Austin conference includes automatically registration for the Virtual Conference.

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Conference sessions will be presented live for seven hours/day, beginning at 8:00 am for those on the west coast and at 11:00 for people in the east. Featured presentations, such as OCR’s Year in Review and the annual update by Paul Grossman and Jo Anne Simon, will start each day. You’ll then have access to one of four concurrent presentations in each of eight time blocks... and remember that you can watch the other sessions via recording after the conference ends. Of course, we’ll give you a break between each session block.

Monday & Tuesday, July 26 & 27

  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm: Virtual Exhibit Hall Presentations

Wednesday, July 28

  • 11:00 am EDT: Board welcome, business meeting, award recognitions
  • 12:00 pm EDT: Keynote Presentation
  • 1:30 pm EDT: Concurrent Block 1
  • 3:30 pm EDT: Concurrent Block 2
  • 5:00 pm EDT: Featured Discussion Block 1

Thursday, July 29

  • 11:00 am EDT: Featured Presentation A: OCR Year in Review
  • 1:00 pm EDT: Concurrent Block 3
  • 2:15 pm EDT: Concurrent Block 4
  • 3:30 pm EDT:  Concurrent Block 5
  • 5:00 pm EDT: Featured Discussion Block 2

Friday, July 30

  • 11:00 am EDT: Featured Presentation B: Legal Year in Review
  • 1:00 pm EDT: Concurrent Block 3
  • 2:15 pm EDT: Concurrent Block 4
  • 3:30 pm EDT:  Concurrent Block 5
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All registrants for the in-person Austin conference will receive automatic, free registration for the virtual conference. Connection information will be sent the week before the virtual conference.

Through June 15:

  • Members:  $350
  • Non-Members: $450

After June 15:

  • Members:  $450
  • Non-Members: $600

Each registration supports a single connection.

There is a 10% discount on registration of 10 or more people from the same institution.

Links to recordings cannot be shared. To receive access to the recordings, you must be registered for the virtual conference.

No refunds are available because complete recordings will be available to all registrants to watch at their convenience.

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Open Events

The following events are open to the full AHEAD membership, without the need for registration:

  • Online Exhibit Hall presentations (Monday and Tuesday, July 26 & 27)
  • AHEAD’s Business Meeting and Award Celebration (July 28, 11:00-12:00 Eastern)
  • Knowledge and Practice Community annual meetings will be held virtually throughout late June and early July. The schedule will be posted shortly, or ask online on your KPC Community discussion forum. Captioning and interpreting will be available for each KPC meeting, without the need to make a specific request.
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  • All conference sessions will be hosted in Zoom. All conference participants should download the most recent version of Zoom in early July.
  • AHEAD is pleased to offer an enhanced virtual conference experience via the conferencing software, CVent Attendee Hub. More information will be shared in late June.


  • All presentations and meetings will include captioning and ASL interpreting.
  • All slides and other presentation materials will be posted to AHEAD’s website prior to the virtual conference.  

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

  • Commission for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCC) continuing education units (CEUs) have been pre-approved for this event. Required paperwork and additional details will be available soon.
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf CEUs will be available and are being coordinated through the University of New Mexico. Contact Amanda Butrum for more information: ajbutrum@unm.edu
  • Virtual conference participants who maintain other certifications are welcome to contact AHEAD at profdev@ahead.org with details on the information their licensing bodies require for continuing education credit. AHEAD will attempt to provide the information necessary on an individual basis.
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